A Republican congressional candidate in New Jersey’s 6th district urged his liberal political opponents to terminate pregnancies Thursday.
“I am 100% anti-abortion. Unless it comes to liberals,” Sammy Gindi said in a since-deleted Tweet. “Please do the rest of America a favor and do not breed.”
Gindi, who faces Christian Onuoha in his bid for the Republican nod to take on Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), posted the message on his campaign’s Twitter account.
The tweet draw the condemnation of Monmouth County GOP chairman Shaun Golden, who told him to drop out of the race.
“The Monmouth Republican Committee wisely rejected Gindi’s candidacy by an overwhelming margin at our nominating convention and the inflammatory tweet by Gindi only confirms the correct course of action,” Golden told the New Jersey Globe. “We condemn his outrageous social media behavior and urge him to drop out of the race prior to ballot printing.”
Earlier Thursday, the 25-year-old Gindi made a separate tweet attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over an exclamation she made on Twitter.
“If anyone knows Arabic, she is saying Praise Allah, just like suicide bombers who yell Allah Akbar before blowing themselves up,” he said. “She is literally saying praise god for many Americans dying. How did we get such a unabashed traitor in the house?”
Omar said the exclamation, “subhanallah,” was the same as saying “good god,” though exact translations differ, and others say it is an exalting of god.
Gindi also repeated conspiracy theories claiming former Vice President Joe Biden has Alzheimer’s on the 25-follower account.
“This person’s timeline is a dumpster fire,” NJ 11th for Change co-executive director Mara Novak tweeted.
Golden said that “at a time where we should be putting aside partisan politics and working together to battle through this crisis, it is unacceptable for him to post such divisive comments.”
Gindi’s comments are also drawing criticism from the Democratic side.
State Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) slammed Gindi for his social media comments.
“When a candidate for public office makes such a statement that is so deplorable, misogynistic, and anti-American – it needs to be repudiated by all who believe in humanity,” Gopal said. “At a time when our nation is facing its greatest public health crisis in decades, we need leaders who will stand up for the rights, health, and dignity of all New Jerseyans – not behave with such little empathy for their fellow Americans.”
Trenton Republican Municipal Chair Jennifer Williams asked Gindi to delete his tweet and apologize.
“As a Republican, this is not representative of our party and it certainly should not be representative of our candidates,” she said. “Let alone the Pro-Life movement.”
Gindi defended his comments.
“It is clearly satire targeted at the pro abortion movement in our country,” he said. “If they don’t think anything is wrong with them, why can’t it apply to them only? Why can they make fun of and insult us all the time and we can’t even make a joke back? No thank you.”